CD: May I Come In?
Review by Peter Monaghan
Gail Pettis’s May I Come In (Oa2 Records) won’t disappoint anyone who has found the vocalist one of the finest in the region. And if you have a surpassing-fine voice and want to do it full justice, you can hardly go wrong having Randy Halberstadt accompany you on piano, among other able sidemen including pianist Darin Clendenin, bassists Jeff Johnson and Clipper Anderson, and drummer Mark Ivester. Their maturity and subtlety of sentiment match Pettis’s vocal expression. She shows that sometime-anodyne lyrics need not obscure feeling, and may even at times dutifully keep out of the way of the affect that is vocally conveyed.